Medical negligence can come in many forms and cause a variety of serious issues, including the premature death of a patient. Forbes notes that this type of negligence is the third-most-common cause of death in the United States and may include an individual healthcare worker or a medical organization, such as a hospital.
If you believe you or a loved one is the victim of medical negligence, understanding the characteristics of such an action may help you to better understand how to proceed should you decide to file a lawsuit against those allegedly responsible.
Serious or permanent injury
Medical negligence can cause different types of serious injuries to almost any part of the body. These may either cause you or a loved one to heal slowly or not at all or to succumb to an illness due to a misdiagnosis. For example, if a doctor fails to detect heart disease, this could cause serious consequences, including:
- Heart damage
- Loss of mobility due to increased breathing issues
- Premature death
Because of the seriousness of these types of injuries, they are usually not difficult to prove.
Standard of care violations
Medical law demands that certain standards of care are met in hospitals, clinics and other treatment facilities. As a patient, you have the right to expect these standards because if they are not met, then neglect often occurs. Standards often include those related to health and cleanliness and the humane treatment of patients.
Medical negligence actions can affect any healthcare professional. While most who realize their errors may admit them to their patients, others may openly fight the charges, which usually leads to litigation.